the anime of Bocchi the Rock has ended and is still surprising, not only because of the charming appearance or attractive personality of Hitori Gotōbut also because it is being considered as one of the best anime of the season, due to the high-quality production in terms of music, animation, and character development.
The series hit some snags at first, as some Japanese pointed to the anime as the destroyer of brands due to the poor results achieved in some collaborations when the first episodes aired. However, all that has changed and it is now a worldwide phenomenon.
At this moment we can say that Bocchi The Rock! is at its peak of popularity, winning the opinion of fans and breaking sales records set by high-calibre franchises.
To be exact, the band’s first album «Kessoku Band»the fictional group that stars in the series, ranked first on the top of the best-selling albums in Japan of Billboard Japan.
The list that includes all copies sold from December 26, 2022 to January 1, 2023 shows us the following results:
- 1st place «Kessoku Band» (73,244 copies sold)
- 2nd place «Candy» NCT DREAM (32,312 copies sold)
- 3rd place “HIGH&LOW THE WORST BEST ALBUM” (18,397 copies sold)
- 4th place “Snow Labo. S2” Snow Man (9,533 copies sold)
- 5th “The Road: Celebration” SUPER JUNIOR (9,457 copies sold)
As can be seen from the weekly album sales chart of BILLBOARD JAPAN «Top Album Sales«, posted on January 10, 2022, the band»Kessoku Band» topped the charts with weekly sales with 73,244 copies.
The band’s first albumKessoku Band«, anime-inspired»Bocchi the Rock!«, contains a total of 14 songs; including the opening and ending.
The album left in second place to the first winter mini-album of NCT DREAM«Candy«, which sold 32,312 copies sold. And the album «HIGH & LOW THE WORST BEST ALBUM«, which includes songs from the films»HIGH & LOW THE WORST» Y «HIGH & LOW THE WORST X«, got the 3rd place with 18,397 copies sold.
Although this is not all, since the album has broken a record by surpassing the first album in the franchise in sales. K-ON!so the comments of internet users did not wait to see the achievement:
- Is this real
- It is shameless to sell more than a senior respected horse mackerel
- Is 70,000 copies staggering?
- I feel like 30 years ago I wouldn’t have even made the top 10.
- Old man Showa, it’s time to update the information in your brain
- I can’t buy the cd because it’s sold too much in stores
The Manga «Bocchi the Rock!» was written and illustrated by Aki Hamaji and began to be published in the magazine «Manga Time Kirara» of the publisher Houbunsha in December 2017. Currently, it has 4 published compilation volumes.
synopsis of Bocchi the Rock!
Gotou Hitori is a gloomy high school girl who starts learning the guitar because she dreams of being in a band, but she’s so shy that she hasn’t made a single friend. However, her dream could come true after meeting Ijichi Nijika, a girl who plays drums and is looking for a new guitarist for her band.
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